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Marko Zaror in Full Trailer for Chilean Action Film 'Fist of the Condor'
"Look at your pain. Throw everything away until you are weightless." Fly, Marko, fly away! Well Go has launched an official US trailer for a Chilean martial arts action film titled The Fist of the Condor, or just Fist of the Condor, the latest from a Chilean indie director named Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, who is best known for his rad low budget action films including Kiltro, Mirageman, Mandrill (from back in 2009). This just premiered at the 2023 Rotterdam Film Festival and is now set to open in US theaters this April. Catch it on the big screen! Upon the empire’s fall to invading conquistadors, the 16th-century Incas quickly concealed a sacred manual containing the secrets behind their deadly fighting technique. But after centuries of careful safeguarding, the manual is again at risk of falling into the wrong hands, leaving its guardian to battle the world's greatest assassins to protect the secrets within. Action star Marko Zaror leads the cast, with Gina Aguad, Eyal Meyer, Man Soo Yoon, Jose Manuel, & Fernanda Urrejola. Actually looks quite good.
› Posted on March 10 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
Official Trailer for Intense Chef Thriller Film 'Hunger' from Thailand
"Do it until it's right!" Netflix has launched the official trailer for an intense thriller film called Hunger, made in Thailand about the food industry in Thailand. At first glance this reminds me of The Menu, but it also seems a bit more like FX's "The Bear" meets Eyes Wide Shut (yeah check it out). With a few sprinkles of The Platform thrown in. "Experience the kind of hunger you have never seen before… in Hunger." A woman running her family's noodle restaurant receives an invite to join the fine-dining industry under the tutelage of an infamous chef. Model Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (also from Die Tomorrow, Bad Genius, Happy Old Year) stars as Amy, a young woman who gets taken into a high society cooking company called "Hunger" and learns how insane people are up there. The film also stars Nopachai Jayanama and Gunn Svasti Na Ayudhya . This will be streaming on Netflix in April worldwide - I definitely need to watch this.
› Posted on March 9 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments
US Trailer for Zhang Yimou's Epic Historical Thriller 'Full River Red'
Opening in theaters son. Beyond Events has revealed an official US trailer for Full River Red, one of the latest films from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who has been on a roll with all kinds of new films (One Second, Cliff Walkers, Snipers). It's opening in the US and Canada in just a few weeks (March 17th) in a few limited theaters around both countries. The title of this film comes from a poem about Yue Fei, "a military general during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), well-known for his patriotism and loyalty to his country, who was framed & executed by Prime Minister Qin Hui, one of the most treacherous officials in China's history." The suspenseful, comedic mystery takes place in 12th century China, during the Song Dynasty, set against a brewing rebellion organized by the Jin people against the Imperial Court. After a Jin Ambassador is murdered just hours before an important vote and an important letter destined for the Emperor is stolen, a search unfolds, alliances are formed, and secrets are revealed. Starring Teng Shen, Jackson Yee, Yi Zhang, Jiayin Lei, Yunpeng Yue, Jiayi Wang, Binlong Pan, and Ailei Yu. Enjoy.
› Posted on March 8 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
One Final US Trailer for Epic Monster Movie 'The Lake' from Thailand
"Monster. Will. Rise." Epic Pictures is about to release the Thai monster movie titled The Lake (เดอะเลค), a horror thriller from director Lee Thongkham, and co-directed by Aqing Xu. This trailer has been out for months already, but we are featuring it now just before the release. The original Thai title is บึงกาฬ or Bueng Kan, which is the real name of a province located in Northern Thailand (see Google Maps). Big things have small beginning. A small country girl finds a mysterious egg in a field and and brings it to her town. Now a giant nine-meters monster rises from the lake causing havoc just to find her egg. The movie stars Sushar Manaying, Vithaya Pansringarm, Lamyai Haithongkham, Wanmai Chatborrirak, and Teerapat Satjakul. The creature is designed by a famous monster designer named Jordu Schell, who has worked on tons of movies including Avatar, The Cabin in the Wood, Hellboy, Dawn of the Dead, and many others. We posted another trailer for this last year, but it's finally about to open in US theaters this week. Check it out.
First Trailer for Panamanian Film 'Sister & Sister' Premiering at SXSW
"What do you mean 'just skate?'" A fest promo trailer has debuted for an indie film titled Sister & Sister, which is premiering at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival this month. It's the feature debut of Panamanian-Costa Rican filmmaker Kattia G. Zúñiga, telling a very personal story. An intimate and tender tale of sisterhood in the urban tropics, starring newcomers Ariana Chaves Gavilán & Cala Rossel Campos, the film tells the story of Marina and Luna, who travel from Costa Rica to Panama during summer vacation to look for their absent father. They explore new friendships, lovers, desires, as well as the simple joy of just hanging out. The cast also includes Gabriela Man, Fernando Bonilla, Joshua De León, Lía Jiménez, Michelle Quiñones, Angello Morales, and Mir Rodríguez. This is a lovely, upbeat trailer that has strong vibes of nostalgia and the bliss of youthful casualness. Looks like it might be a good one to see at SXSW this month.
US Trailer for Dardennes' Immigrants in Belgium Drama 'Tori & Lokita'
"This is best for us and for you." Sideshow & Janus Films have unveiled another new US trailer for the indie drama from Belgium titled Tori and Lokita, the latest film from acclaimed Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (aka Dardenne Brothers). This premiered at last year's 2022 Cannes Film Festival to mixed & negative reviews, with only a few saying good things. Set in Belgium today, a young boy and an adolescent girl who have traveled alone from Africa pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile. They work for a drug dealer who also moonlights as an Italian chef, and things get bad when Lokita tries to earn more money working in the depths of a grow warehouse. The film stars Pablo Schils and Joely Mbundu as Tori and Lokita, with Alban Ukaj, Tijmen Govaerts, Charlotte De Bruyne, Nadège Ouedraogo, and Marc Zinga. It's finally opening in the US this March, but only in NY to start. This is a powerful trailer, I just don't know how many people will be interested in watching the film.
Here's All the Trailers Available for Festival Films from Berlinale 2023
"Let go of all of that anger that's holding you back… from truly living your life." Good advice!! With the 2023 Berlin Film Festival wrapped up, it's time to look back and highlight a few of the films playing in the line-up. Below is a small but mighty collection of trailers currently out for films that premiered at this year's Berlinale - including Golden Bear winner Sur l'Adamant, the doc Hello Dankness about America, animated film The Siren, Norwegian drama Dancing Queen, Hungarian sci-fi White Plastic Sky, and plenty of others - a mix of documentaries and narrative features. Dive in and discover something that you've never heard of!! We already posted a few other trailers before the fest began: Seneca with John Malkovich, Christian Petzold's Afire, Korean film Kill Boksoon, The Echo (a terrific doc), and German film Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything. Aside from those, this trailer post features almost everything available to watch now - 26 trailers in total. Stay tuned for more updates throughout this year as the films are unveiled.
US Trailer for Chilean Film 'The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future'
"There will always be things we can't explain." Kino Lorber has unveiled an official US trailer for a Chilean film with the exquisite title The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future. What a name for a film! This initially premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival last year, before stopping by numerous other film festivals throughout 2022. It's set for a small theatrical release in the US starting this May. It's one of these very artsy cinematic creations that is indescribable, but we'll try anyway. Cecilia travels to her father's farm after he has a heart attack. Back in her childhood home, Cecilia is met by her long-deceased mother whose presence brings to life a painful past chorused by the natural world surrounding them. "A lyrical rumination on family, nature, renewal, and resurrection, The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future is an ambitious proposal for acceptance and healing, suggesting that the dead return when they are most needed." Starring Mía Maestro, Enzo Ferrada, Benjamin Soto, Leonor Varela, Frederique Gudelj, and Laura del Río. Reviews call it a "magical realist eco-fable" which totally sounds like my jam. Keep an eye out for this.
Badass Trailer for Vietnamese Action Film 'Furies' - A Prequel to 'Furie'
"Either you end this with me, or run away for the rest of your life." Netflix has revealed the official trailer for Furies, an action movie from Vietnam. This will be premiering at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival in a few weeks before it's streaming on Netflix worldwide at the end of March. Three furious vigilantes unite to take down a sinister crime syndicate that controls the mean streets of '90s Saigon in this prequel to Furie. If you haven't watch the original, it's awesome (on Prime Video). A mysterious woman trains a trio of girls to take revenge on a criminal gang that abuses females. The three warriors risk everything to challenge this corrupt empire. Furie fight choreographer, Samuel Kefi Abrikh, returns again for this. Furies stars Rima Thanh Vy, Thuan Nguyen, Song Luan, Veronica Ngo, and recording artist Toc Tien. On top of spectacular stunt choreography and cinematography that will leave viewers at the edge of their seats, Furies will also introduce a new generation of strong Vietnamese female action heroes. Should be a blast!! Fire it up below.
› Posted on March 2 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
New US Trailer for 'Revoir Paris' Survivor Drama Starring Virginie Efira
"Someone was with me. He held my hand." Music Box FIlms has revealed the official US trailer for a French drama titled Revoir Paris, translated in English to Paris Memories. This initially premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival last year and then recently won a Cesar Award (France's Oscars) for Best Actress. It's opening in June in art house theaters in NYC, and it will also play at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema event this spring at the Lincoln Center if anyone wants to give it an early look. A meditation on healing, the film tells the story of Mia, who survives a mass shooting in a Paris restaurant, and still feels haunted by the trauma, yet unable to recollect memories of the tragic attack. Determined to reconstruct the sequence of events and reestablish a sense of normalcy, Mia finds herself repeatedly returning to the bistro where the shooting happened. There she forms new bonds with fellow survivors including Thomas (Benoît Magimel) and teen Félicia (Nastya Golubeva). The film stars Virginie Efira as Mia, with Grégoire Colin, Maya Sansa, and Amadou Mbow. This looks like a compassionate, emotional film about grief and connection.
› Posted on March 1 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Adèle Exarchopoulos in US Trailer for 'The Five Devils' Eerie Thriller
"A witchy thriller…" If you're into eerie, mysterious French films - watch out for this one. Mubi has released an official US trialer for The Five Devils, a French film from director Léa Mysius (also of Ava previously). It's now set to open in theaters starting in March. This premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival last year in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar. Vicky lives with her mother Joanne and father Jimmie, a man struggling to find his place. When Vicky's aunt Julia arrives after being released from prison, her presence brings back the past in a violent, magical way. She has some special powers that allow her to connect to the past through smells. The film is lead by a magical performance from the young actress Sally Dramé as Vicky - who is the real break out this time. Glad she appears in this trailer. It also stars Adèle Exarchopoulos as her mom, Swala Emati, Moustapha Mbengue, Patrick Bouchitey, Daphne Patakia, & Hugo Dillon. The film isn't one of the best French films, but it is worth a watch for the concept of this little girl's "witchy" powers.
› Posted on February 27 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
A Norwegian Dark Comedy About Narcissism - 'Sick of Myself' Trailer
"You're still beautiful." Utopia has revealed an official US trailer for a funky Norwegian dark comedy called Sick of Myself, from filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and also played at Fantastic Fest in the fall, as an international genre feature. Increasingly overshadowed by her boyfriend Thomas' recent rise to fame as a contemporary artist creating sculptures from stolen furniture, Signe hatches a vicious plan to reclaim her rightfully deserved attention within the milieu of Oslo's cultural elite. She creates a new persona hell-bent on attracting attention and sympathy. Reviews describe it as "the blackest of black comedies, there are moments so cringe-inducing you will curl up so far inside yourself you might implode." The film stars Kristine Kujath Thorp as Signe, Eirik Sæther as Thomas, with Fanny Vaager, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Henrik Mestad, and Anders Danielsen Lie. Don't take it so seriously, it's meant to be a brutal, biting commentary on narcissism in modern times. And it looks quite spicy indeed.
› Posted on February 26 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
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